UK coronavirus variant widespread at Michigan prison, 90 cases reported

A more transmissible and possibly deadly coronavirus variant first detected in the UK has been identified in 90 prisoners and staff at a Michigan correctional facility, authorities say.

“Results from the daily testing of prisoners and staff at the Bellamy Creek Correctional Facility, in Ionia, has resulted in the detection of 90 cases of the SARS-CoV-2, B.1.1.7 variant,” reads a news release sent to Fox News from Michigan State Police.

Of 95 initial samples sent for testing, 90 had the UK variant, 88 of which were among prisoners and two were in employees. Over 100 lab results are pending, authorities said.

Officials say the Michigan Department of Corrections (MDOC) began the daily testing “immediately,” as opposed to weekly testing, after an employee was found infected with the variant last week. Authorities previously said it marked “the first known case of the variant inside an MDOC facility.”

There are 1,613 prisoners and 425 employees at the facility, a spokesperson for MDOC confirmed to Fox News.

Authorities noted “additional

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